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If you have several TVs at home do you need separate decoders for each set or is

If you have several TVs at home do you need separate decoders for each set or is there a way of connecting them?

If you have several TVs at home do you need separate decoders f
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If you want to watch different programmes on different TVs, you need a decoder for each.

With satellite, you will also need a "Quad LNB" on the dish, as each satellite decoder requires a separate "LNB" connection for each.

For digital cable and Freeview, the incoming cable can be split and shared.

There are a few options (such as the Pace Twin PVR) that can be used as a decoder for a second room, using only a standard connection for the second TV.

If you simply want to be able to watch the same programme in a second room, this can be done using a standard TV "UHF" cable.

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Wednesday, 18 April 2012
11:04 PM

Hi I had my Sky Magic Eye connected to my Technica Tv and had no problems using it before the switchover. I now have a Toshiba 22BV501B and have connected the eye to it exactly the same way but can't get the tv to recognise it. The eye was professionally installed and has worked perfectly well. Before the switchover I used channel 6 of the analogue.

How can I get it to work again.


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Alison's 1 post GB flag
Sunday, 22 April 2012
Chris Rimmer
6:45 PM

Alison: Hi, you need to switch your TV back to analogue and see if its still there on CH6 in fact your Sky box on CH6 will be the only analogue channel still there. If after switching your TV back to analogue you still can't find it you may need to carry out an analogue retune to restore it, you may then find that it has been stored on analogue CH1.
The Sky link and Magic eye communicate with your TV on analogue and is not receivable by your TV in Digital mode. You simply switch to analogue for Sky and back to digital(DVB) for Freeview.

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Chris Rimmer's 5 posts GB flag
Saturday, 3 November 2012
5:24 PM

have 3 freeview T.V.'s in bedrooms going to one aerial in the loft. Keep losing channels (usually ITV)so I'm going to put an aerial on the roof. Have seen 48 element advertised which I note is for poor area (which I presume we are) Is this o.k.& does more expensive mean better? and I think I put each t.v. through with a splitter (any type?) & should I get a signal booster?
Regards Diane

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DIANE PAGE's 1 post GB flag

5:34 PM

DIANE PAGE: Questions of this nature really require a persons location to be known, this in the form of a post code or one from nearby as only then can the situation be properly assessed regarding the signal levels expected at the location, and from which transmitter.

However even without this knowledge, what you have reported would suggest that the use of a powered splitter might well be required.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Friday, 4 January 2013

5:07 PM

emma: If you are truly meaning "Freeview" and not Sky's "free to view" channels, then it entirely depends on whether or not your household has a satellite system (Sky) running in parallel with a Freeview TV (or box) that is coupled into a normal loft or roof mounted aerial, as Freeview does not use a dish.

If though you are not meaning the latter, then 3 or 4 Sky boxes can be run from one dish and with each box working independently from each other, the only thing to remember being that each box requires a separate feed from the dish, or if the box is Sky+ then these types require two feeds as recording is involved.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

5:08 PM

emma: Freeview is the terrestrial service, which therefore uses a terrestrial aerial. Sky and Freeview can co-exist.

Presumably you have a distribution system for Freeview. You will need another feed from the dish to your upstairs room for the second multibox.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Monday, 4 March 2013
8:37 PM

Hi I have a panasonice Viera free view tv connected to a normal Ariel to decode the encrypted channels do I need a card for the slot if so where can I get one also will it work without sky or a box

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Ania's 1 post GB flag
Wednesday, 3 April 2013
moira mcregor
2:20 AM

jb38: i have got virgin installed in lounge as sky could not fit due to trees being in way of proposed installation, i was going to get extra box with sky for bedroom, but as said before it didnt happen.How can i get/install another virgin box into ajoining bedroom so that i can watch different channels to the lounge telly.i really need the easiest way as o.a.p and not at all technical. many thank

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moira mcregor's 1 post GB flag

3:14 PM

Moira mcregor: Virgin is exactly the same as Sky as far as anyone wishing to view different channels in another room is concerned, that is the only way of achieving this is by having a second box installed.

However where Virgin is involved a person does not really have any choice but to have them carry out the entire work, as the additional box requires registering with their data base as well as being updated as required at the same time, plus as you may already be aware of, that unlike in the case of Sky where the box belongs to the viewer after the initial 12 months contract expires, where Virgin is involved the box is never owned by the viewer no matter how long they may have it and remains Virgins property at all times.

I would therefore advise you to contact Virgin and tell them exactly what you would like to do, but though beware of one thing that many can overlook, and being that the cost of "their" installation is over and above the price per month extra given for the additional box, albeit that the latter can seem to be quite reasonable.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 28 May 2013
9:43 AM

I am replacing my Sky box with a Freesat one and need to connect to a tv in another room. Do not need to watch different channels in each room nor do I need a remote controller for the second tv.
Is there a simple solution please?

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Derek's 1 post GB flag
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